Most overrated MMA fighters

NEIL SPRINGER -- SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 2:28 PM ET

The sport of mixed martial arts is full of great athletes and competitors.

However, with the popularity of MMA on the rise, some undeserving fighters have been given opportunities others can only dream about.

This could be because they had a successful career elsewhere, are controversial, or -- worse yet -- were featured on reality TV.

5. Forrest Griffin

This isn't meant to read, "Forrest Griffin is a bad fighter." He's talented, charismatic and has taken part in some great battles. He's also come a long way from his early days on the "The Ultimate Fighter" and earned his spot in the UFC.

However, immediately after his bout with Quinton Jackson, he was propelled to the top of almost every MMA site's light-heavyweight rankings. He even recently found his way onto Sherdog.com's top 10 pound-for-pound fighters list.

The Jackson fight was close and Griffin deserves credit for his effort, but he didn't win decisively.

At the end of the day, the opinions of three judges is hardly justification for such a leap, regardless of whether or not he now held a UFC title.

If he beats Thiago Silva at UFC 101, he can continue his climb up the 205-pound ladder. Then I'll gladly eat it and scratch him off this list.

4. Almost every new TUF graduate

Despite the collective groan let out by the hardcore MMA community when they found out their favourite sport was destined for reality TV, you can't deny some strong talent has come out of the early seasons of TUF.

Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans, Diego Sanchez and Josh Koscheck are all prime examples.

However, as the seasons have rolled on, the UFC-signed cast members have begun making smaller splashes than those who came before them. The only real exception of late is Nate Diaz.

Worse yet, TUF alumni are given higher-profile spots than more deserving competitors.

At UFC 92, TUF 7 runner-up CB Dollaway was put on the pay-per-view card for his fight against Mike Massenzio while top middleweight Yushin Okami battled Dean Lister on the prelims.

Dustin Hazelett and Tamdan McCrory were only added to the UFC 91 main card after TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah had to pull out of the show with a leg infection.

It's apparent the UFC has invested a lot of TV time in these fighters, but there has to at least be some semblance of competition.

3. Michael Bisping

Coach on the current season of TUF, Michael (The Count) Bisping could be only one win away from a middleweight title shot.

Whether he actually deserves it is a different matter.

Bisping has earned his upcoming fight with Dan Henderson through his TUF roots and due to the UFC's desire to expand throughout Europe.

At middleweight, Bisping's biggest win is a somewhat lacklustre showing against Chris Leben. He spent most of the fight backtracking while throwing jabs for 15 minutes. He decisively won the fight, but never once looked like someone who wanted to finish his opponent.

Before dropping to middleweight, he lost a close decision to Rashad Evans and should have another loss on his record for his fight with Matt Hamill.

Bisping has gone on record saying he will knock out Henderson, considered to have one of the toughest jaws in any weight class.

Should he actually pull it off, I will shut up on the matter.

2. Brock Lesnar

It will be interesting to see how Brock Lesnar's career plays out. The former pro wrestler has infinite potential -- he's about as fast and powerful a heavyweight as you're going to find in MMA.

However, if Lesnar didn't already have WWE name value he wouldn't have been given the same opportunities in the UFC.

After being submitted by Frank Mir in the first round, Lesnar would go on to earn a unanimous decision victory over Heath Herring. In the modern-day UFC, this record would never earn someone a heavyweight title shot. Unless, of course, they were already famous.

Lesnar would go on to impress in his championship victory over Randy Couture, but sooner or later his relative inexperience will catch up to him.

1. Kevin (Kimbo Slice) Ferguson

Never in MMA history has someone been given so much after achieving so little.

One moment he's beating up crack-heads on YouTube, the next he's in the main event of Elite XC's first broadcast on CBS. As a result, some began arguing that he was a top 10 heavyweight fighter, simply because of the media attention he was receiving.

But all good things must come to an end.

After Ken Shamrock bowed out of their scheduled fight due to a cut, light-heavyweight Seth Petruzelli stopped Slice dead in his tracks in just 14 seconds. Ferguson is now reportedly pursuing a career in boxing.

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